Category: History

13 Fun Facts About the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park

There are so many fun and interesting facts about the Royal Gorge Bridge. From how it began, to all of its impressive intricacies, here are a few tidbits to remember the next time you’re exploring this Colorado wonder.

  • Construction of the bridge began in June 1929

  • The bridge was built in only seven months time

  • The original cost was $350,000 and $100,000 over budget

  • A total 1,292 wooden planks make up the length of the bridge

  • Original builders average wage was $.50 an hour

  • The bridge towers stand 150 high

  • The bridge is 18 feet wide

  • The original toll was $.75 per person

  • The park has attracted upwards of 30 million visitors since opening

  • The bridge held the title of the “world’s highest” from 1929 until 2001

  • The total length is 1,260 feet

  • The original aerial tram opened in 1969

  • Franklin D. Roosevelt visited the site during his campaign in 1936

 

Fremont County’s Deep History

Millions of years after dinosaurs roamed the land that is now known as Canon City and Fremont County, Lt. Zebulon Pike explored frigid Arkansas River region in the winter of 1806. John C. Fremont, famed pathfinder and once presidential candidate, arrived to the area in 1843 and returned for multiple expeditions finding the headwaters of the Arkansas River and finding the railroad route through the Royal Gorge, still available today.

One of 17 original Colorado counties, it was home to the first-drilled oil well west of the Mississippi. Today, travelers can experience many of the same staples that helped form the country and surrounding towns. From the natural beauty of the Royal Gorge, to the rushing white waters of the Arkansas River.

Popular hiking and biking trails include the Oil Well Flats, most well-known for the discovery of intricate dinosaur bones. One of the region’s newest trail systems, it is constantly being modified and updated. Shelf Road is also a choice spot for climbers and hikers. Agriculture is also very popular here with orchards, farms and fisheries.

Odes to Fremont can be found all over, whether wandering the stacks of books inside the John C. Fremont Library, or catching a glimpse of his 20-foot statue at the entrance of Pathfinder Park. Come discover the beauty and adventure  that can be found in Fremont County.